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Spanish police arrest 9 for suspected PKK links

By Rudaw 27/1/2016
Screen grab from a ministry video showing a police arrest.
Screen grab from a ministry video showing a police arrest.
BARCELONA, Spain - The Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that authorities had arrested nine people suspected of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

The police operation in the capital Madrid, as well as in Valencia and Bilbao, was against a PKK “structure in Spain with ramifications in European countries and Turkey,” the ministry said in a statement.

The aim of the cell was to “collaborate and facilitate the integration of individuals in the armed structure of the terrorist PKK-KCK, which basically operates in Turkey and Syria,” the statement added, referring to the PKK’s umbrella group.

Eight of the detained were Spanish citizens, and the ninth was Turkish, the ministry said.

“The detained, in collaboration with other individuals residing in various European countries, were providing the necessary infrastructure for displaced people to travel abroad and to finally integrate in the ranks of the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) or one of the armed wings of the organization,” the statement said.

It added that recruits were trained in using arms and explosives in training camps “in order to later join the combat cells.”

In dawn raids in the three cities, police also searched 11 homes, one of them a gathering place for most of the detainees and regarded as the base of the group, which called itself “The Communist Reconstruction.”

The European Union, the United States and Turkey regard the PKK to be a terrorist movement.

However, the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the PYD and its armed YPG wing, have been praised by US and Western officials in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria, and have received limited arms supplies and air support from the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.

The YPG has attracted fighters from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world who have traveled to Syria to join the war against ISIS.

Comments

 
Rojhelat | 28/1/2016
Spain is a shithole, they love north african arabs but hate kurds. I even talked about Kurdistan with a catalonian guy and he said that they do not support it. He is a big catalonia supporter in Spain. The only one that was good are the Basque people, the original people of "Spain". I also saw a turkish war ship in Spain, the spaniards where so happy and took photos. The same Barcelona that invited a kurd-killer that was Al-Qaida. When the evidience came up the catalonians rejected it. In Spain you have turkish people from North Africa, they get more respect then a kurd in their home land Kurdistan. (Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq).
K | 7/3/2016
Has Spanish Authorities forgotten the Spanish civil war? On what basis the Spanish Authorities count these people as terrorist and act on behalf of a terrorist state of Turkey? Just because Turkey is labelling any Kurdish freedom fighters as terrorist, a civilised government like Spain should not accept that. By supporting Turkey in their barbaric action and terrorising the Kurdish people in Kurdistan, Spain lining itself with Turkey. Spain should remember that when Kurdistan liberates itself from all the chains put around them by these aggressive countries and Kurdistan become a free Democratic State, Spain and countries like Spain will have to swallow their words to the point they may chock on it. Remember the Spanish Civil War; wasn't too long ago!!!!!!!

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